Double Shot - Vanilla Bean
Tree House Brewing Company

Double Shot - Vanilla BeanDouble Shot - Vanilla Bean
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #78
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
98
Ranked #328
Avg:
4.5 | pDev: 5.11%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
200
From:
Tree House Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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SCORE
98
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Double Shot - Vanilla BeanDouble Shot - Vanilla Bean
Notes: Originally brewed for, and released at, the 2018 Tree House Brewing Company Sixth Anniversary Party it has be rereleased in 2019 in 500mL bottles. From 2020 and beyond it will be featured in cans.

Double Shot is one of our proudest creations. Through years of focused brewing execution, we are able to craft a coffee stout with balance, elegance, robust flavor, and smooth drinkability. For this rendition of Double Shot, we add literal buckets of hand processed Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans. The resulting beer has all of the luscious chocolate, caramel, and coffee flavors of the original with a decadent layer of vanilla cream-like flavor with a velvety, Tree House stout texture. What a treat! We are so proud to share this beer with you - Enjoy!
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Traded for this yesterday, as this was the first bottle that I've ever had from Tree House. Even though they're known more for their New England-style IPA's, this was on par with those as it was immensely enjoyable, easy to drink, and so beautifully crafted that it took me by surprise!

Lovely pour to this as the coffee-like liquid was topped off with a pleasing mocha head that held it's own for quite some time. A decent amount of lacing was left behind as a few thick rings could be seen. Such a nice aroma to this as the vanilla, rich chocolate, and slick coffee all combined to hook me in from the first whiff and the taste was even better! So soft and velvety as this tasted like a decadent chocolate bar turned to liquid with sweetener and cream added to it. The bourbon was felt more in the mouthfeel than the taste as this went right down with hardly anything left in the aftertaste except for some cloying cream that made this feel like a hypothetical Imperial Coffee Stout.

The alcohol was well-hidden to the point where I never tasted it and couldn't really feel it except for a slight warming effect. This was really wonderful and as crazy as it sounds, possibly the best beer that I've had from Tree House. Worth seeking out as this was nothing short of excellent!

Jun 06, 2019
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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BltByKrmn from New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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paresis from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jun 16, 2019
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Jun 21, 2019
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CharlesK from Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Apr 16, 2019
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4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sep 14, 2019
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mattycasey from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 05, 2019
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TangoJuliet from New York

4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jul 22, 2019
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Dankacheese from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 29, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black, impervious to light, thick mocha head that lasts. Aroma is roasted chocolate malt and espresso with some vanilla, a little yeasty. Flavor is very smooth and creamy chocolate, sweet vanilla, really great balance. Coffee is prevalent on the finish. Fairly full bodied. The most impressive thing about the beer is how smooth it is when you swallow it. No harshness or bitterness. I usually find this in a barrel aged beer. Remarkable.

4/6/19
500 ml bottle, no date
4.5 rating

Apr 07, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

May 25, 2019
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Jlabs from New York

4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured into a Teku glass via bottle

color is a nice dark roasted coffee brown with tan foam

smell is a vanilla bomb, plus some chocolate and of course coffee!

taste is the roasty coffee up front, followed closely by the vanilla and the chocolate and caramel bringing up the rear

low carbonation

and mouthfeel is full and creamy, not too sweet

a fantastic coffee stout, as I'd expect nothing less from TH

Apr 25, 2019
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Duncian from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apr 01, 2019
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Futbolmanby from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 22, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

absurdly good beer, huge thanks to my brother for sharing. this is rich and decadent, absolutely packed with vanilla. never had the original double shot, but this was a standout with the vanilla, a really cool edition of this beer, which is sure likes they do a lot of playing around with. the coffee aspect is monumental, really good, and really deep espresso, with dark chocolate and molasses layers to it, just really well built and quite sturdy on the grain side too. there is some real sweetness to this, but all the roast of the dark grain and the coffee offsets it just enough that this isnt too sweet to drink, and the fullness and richness of the feel is divine, lush and silky, round and soft and sexy, and it hangs on the palate forever. the coffee and the vanilla together is a really nice flavor note, thankfully, because it runs all the way through this, even though i think the vanilla is a little dominant. its okay though because this is such a natural vanilla, such a real vanilla bean taste that this high dose of it doesnt seem forced or out of place. i think it takes a very special base beer to be able to handle this much vanilla so gracefully, and this somehow seems effortless. i taste the beer for miles, and it keeps evolving long after the swallow. super tasty stuff, desserty and decadent, but not so much so that it really slows us down at all. stunning beer, as good as this sort of thing gets for me, i need to get my hands on the original!

Aug 28, 2019
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Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 20, 2019
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paulish from New York

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 26, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml undated bottle.

Pours opaque black with an inch of tan head. Retention and lacing is moderate. Dark chocolate, espresso, and vanilla in the nose. Full bodied with an extremely creamy, velvety mouthfeel. Brownie batter with dark coffee and rich vanilla on the palate. Finishes sweet with booze-laced fudge, nougat, and espresso.

May 12, 2019
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cold 16.9 fl oz bottle that I have had in my fridge since I purchased it about a year ago at the brewery.
The beer pours a jet black coffee color with a creamy beige colored head f about 1 cm. The foam fades to a sturdy surface layer that remains throughout the sampling. Each swirl leaves dense lattice around my glass.

The aroma on this beer is malty and sweet, which isnt surprising for the brewery or style. I get some dark chocolate and a little bit of coffee. I only get the faintest hint of vanilla and that scent is mostly present when I take a sip. Probably not actually smelling it. Maybe better to drink this fresh for the vanilla notes.

First sip reveals a medium body with velvety smooth texture and very fine and gentle carbonation. Very easy drinking physical traits on this brew.
Flavor is sweet and malty like the nose. I get chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malt notes and a good dose of coffee, but on the light and sweet side, not black coffee. I do get some vanilla on the swallow and this lingers at bit after each mouthful.
Hops are absent and the ABV is also well hidden. This is a sweet beer and I am sure calorie deep, but it isnt cloying nor overwhelmingly candy like. Pretty nice, wonder if the vanilla was bigger when I first bought this bottle.
A good balance of

Jun 29, 2020
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OUJayhawk1799 from Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 07, 2019
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 03, 2019
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jun 29, 2019
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Juggerr from New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mar 23, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holding no bars, Tree House once again comes out swinging with a cream stout that's simply soaking in fresh espresso and vanilla beans. The culmination of flavors are something of beer loving, affogato dreams.

Double Shot with Vanilla Bean patiently plops into the glass with a luscious density of onyx milkshake. Deep, dark and ominous, its roasted appearance billows with a slow swirling cream that crowns the rim with a short, dense blanket of suds. Over which, a rich medley of aromas rise with chocolate, coffee, heavy cream and sugar, all slathering on the palate like a coffee and cream malty latte.

Thick and luscious, the middle palate rolls on with those milk sugars and vanilla spices clinging to the tongue with absolute decadence. Burnt cream, seared toffee and bittersweet chocolates all work hand in hand to sculpt a seamless malt weave that's balanced only by the earthen complexity of espresso, soil, earth and the inherent bitterness that it brings. A bitterness that employs hops to chase a balanced taste into finish with a soothing cocoon of vanilla cream much in the same way as does their Single Shot, only bolder throughout.

Full and velvety, the stout simply wraps around the tongue with pleasant savory roast. Like silk against the tongue, the ale's textures are seductive and comforting, pulling the attention away from the near-cloying sweetness. Yet, the sheer enormity of taste favors the direct roast, sweet and milky character that ultimately defines the beer.

Nov 26, 2019
Double Shot - Vanilla Bean from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 200 ratings